The Educational Role of the Museum / Edition 2

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 59%)
Est. Return Date: 07/24/2015
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 28%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $5.78
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 89%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $5.78   
  • New (3) from $41.46   
  • Used (10) from $5.78   


In this updated and revised second edition, Eilean Hooper-Greenhill incorporates recent and important articles that address the relationships of museums and galleries to their audiences. The Educational Role of the Museum covers broad themes relevant to providing

for all museum visitors and also focuses specifically on educational groups. Contributors discuss topics such as new communication models for the museum, problems in visitor orientation and circulation, and increased exhibit accessibility through multisensory interaction. This edition

represents the most developed position of the state of the field of museum education and introduces theories that have the potential to move current professional debates into more critical areas.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Contains sections on communication theories, learning in museums, developing effective exhibitions, and thinking about museum audiences. Looks at areas including museum multicultural education for young learners, intrinsic motivation in museums, writing texts for exhibitions, increasing exhibit accessibility, and pupils' perceptions of museum education sessions. More than one-third of the chapters in this edition are new, with discussions of constructivism and its application within museum and gallery exhibitions, audience research, museum education, and communication. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415198271
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Leicester Readers in Museum Studies Series
  • Edition description: 2ND, REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Hooper-Greenhill is well-known internationally for her work on museum communications and education. She has also been a lecturer in museum studies at the University of Leicester since 1980 and is the author of Museum annd Gallery Education(1991), Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge(1992) and Museums and Their Visitors (1994).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Pt. I Communication theories
1 Education, communication and interpretation: towards a critical pedagogy in museums 3
2 Communication in theory and practice 28
3 Learning in art museums: strategies of interpretation 44
4 The museum as a communicator: a semiotic analysis of the Western Australian Museum Aboriginal Gallery, Perth 53
Pt. II Learning in museums
5 Museum learners as active postmodernists: contextualizing constructivism 67
6 The constructivist museum 73
7 Teaching yourself to teach with objects 80
8 Improving worksheets 92
9 Open windows, open doors 99
10 Museum multicultural education for young learners 105
11 Children, teenagers and adults in museums: a developmental perspective 110
12 Museum-goers: life-styles and learning characteristics 118
13 Whose museum is it anyway? Museum education and the community 131
Pt. III Developing effective exhibitions
14 Learning from learning theory in museums 137
15 Intrinsic motivation in museums: why does one want to learn? 146
16 Cognitive psychology and interpretation: synthesis and application 161
17 Collaboration: towards a more holistic design process 172
18 Spatial considerations 178
19 The exhibition development process 191
20 Combating redundancy: writing texts for exhibitions 201
21 Writing readable text: evaluation of the Ekarv method 205
22 How old is this text? 211
23 Museum text as mediated message 215
24 Increased exhibit accessibility through multisensory interaction 223
Pt. IV Thinking about museum audiences
25 That those who run may read 241
26 Audiences: a curatorial dilemma 255
27 Cultural imagining among museum visitors 269
28 The disabling society 278
29 Museums and cultural diversity in contemporary Britain 288
30 A beginner's guide to evaluation 295
31 Monitoring and evaluation: the techniques 298
32 Small-scale evaluation 302
33 Evaluation of museum programmes and exhibits 305
34 Pupils' perceptions of museum education sessions 312
35 Collaborative evaluation studies between the University of Liverpool and national museums and galleries on Merseyside 320
36 Sending them home alive 332
Index 337
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)